From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saccharomyces \Sac`cha*ro*my"ces\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? sugar + ?,
   ?, a fungus.] (Biol.)
   A genus of budding fungi, the various species of which have
   the power, to a greater or less extent, or splitting up sugar
   into alcohol and carbonic acid. They are the active agents in
   producing fermentation of wine, beer, etc. {Saccharomyces
   cerevisiae} is the yeast of sedimentary beer. Also called
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